Schumer: House GOP is ‘afraid of immigration’

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said “fear” is preventing House Republicans from considering immigration reform legislation.

“Why is it that with all of these positive benefits to passing reform — and all of these costs we pay for doing nothing — that House Republicans refuse to do anything to fix our broken immigration? … Fear,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “House Republicans are afraid of immigration.”

ADVERTISEMENT
Schumer has been pressuring the House to take up any immigration reform legislation since almost a year ago the Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Schumer helped author the Senate bill, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, increase worker and student visas, and spend more money to secure the border.

Schumer said if Republicans fail to act next month, it is unlikely that reform would happen during this Congress because of the November election. He said inaction would harm the Republican Party in the future.

“You can ignore the benefits of immigration reform, continue to fail to address our broken immigration system because of your fear and you can watch your party eventually go into the dustbin of history,” Schumer said. “[Or] we can pull victory from the jaws at defeat at the very end here and finally pass the immigration reform legislation our country so desperately needs.”